Steve Jacobs Bio

Last updated: January 10, 2017



President, IDEAL Group, Inc. and,

CEO, Apps4Android, Inc.

2809 Bohlen Drive

Hilliard, OH 43026-9012

Phone: (614) 777-0660

Fax: (614) 522-1031

TTY: (800) 750-0750
Skype: stevenijacobs 


Steve Jacobs has been a member of the high-tech industry since the mid '70s. Steve is President of IDEAL Group, Inc. and CEO of Apps4Android, Inc., one of several IDEAL Group companies. IDEAL Group is a 2002 spin-off from IDEAL at NCR Corporation where Steve served as President until his retirement at the end of 2002.

IDEAL Group and its subsidiaries are all Not Just For Profit (NJFP) corporations where value is determined, not only by profitability and self-sustainability, but by their level of success in driving cost-reductions into the hands of individuals with disabilities. IDEAL Group's mission is to "enhance the independence, quality-of-life, and employability of individuals with disabilities through the development and distribution of low/no cost technology-based products and services."

IDEAL Group serves as the parent company to several information and communications technology companies, including:

Previous to NCR’s spin-off from AT&T, Steve served as Chairman of AT&T Bell Lab’s Project Freedom. In 1992-1993 Steve’s group pioneered the use of interactive video technology for sign-language communications over telephone lines (dual ISDNs). This technology, now in the mainstream, is referred to as Video Relay Services (VRS). More:

Additional, IDEAL Group, Information:

Jacobs' Appointments, Congressional Testimonies, Recognitions:

Sampling of Jacobs' Publications:

Historical IDEAL Group Project Engagements:

Education and Family:

Steve is a 1973 graduate of Ohio State University. Steve and wife, Pauline, have been married for 40 years. Pauline and Steve have two daughters, Shana and Jessica, and a granddaughter Brooke... who is Steve’s boss.